NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-A1.02-8805 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 034200)
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Propulsion and Airframe Failure Data and Accident Mitigation
PROPOSAL TITLE:In-Service Aircraft Transmission Life Modeling for Improved Flight Safety

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nastec, Inc.
1801 East 9th Street #1111
Cleveland ,OH 44114 - 3103
(216) 696 - 5157

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Richard   Klein
1801 East 9th Street #1111
Cleveland ,OH  44114 -3103
(216) 696 - 5157
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

It is proposed to develop an accurate, in-service transmission life-estimation system for the prediction of remaining component and system life for a helicopter transmission system. Once proven in the helicopter environment, this life-estimation system will be of use to a wide variety of airborne and land-based transmission systems. Its use will improve the safety and reduce the maintenance costs of the monitored systems.
The transmission-life estimating system will include three separate algorithms: an in-flight service monitoring algorithm, a pre-flight and post-flight transmission analysis algorithm, and a component-life tallying algorithm. The in-flight service monitor will treat the transmission as a whole in response to sampling data of mast torque and speed. The transmission analysis algorithm will determine the transmission's operating parameters from those of its components. It also will determine the life and reliability of the individual components based on the service monitoring algorithm's output. The component-life algorithm will accumulate life and reliability tables.
The Phase I effort will develop the life-monitoring and supporting life-estimation and reliability algorithms. In the Phase II effort, the full life-estimating system will be assembled and tested with a helicopter main-rotor transmission.

The work is in support of NASA's long-range goals. It impacts every aspect of mechanical drive systems operation and development. The successful completion of this project can improve aviation safety, reliability, and mitigation of failures. It will affect cost-effective design and manufacturing for new production engines and can reduce life cycle and maintenance costs.

The cost-effective, reliable use of expensive aerospace and land-based power-transmission systems can be extended with more accurate knowledge of the remaining component and system fatigue lives. By improving the in-service life estimation associated with these devices, longer reliable service lives can be obtained. The high costs associated with surprise failures and unscheduled emergency maintenance procedures can be reduced substantially with the use of an in-service life estimator such as the one proposed herein.